FREN 4003 - Honours French Language A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The course represents advanced learning, scholarship and research in the area of French Studies. It is the final stage of formal language tuition in the French language as well as extending students' knowledge and research skills in French and Francophone cultures, building on the learning and research capabilities gained in levels 1 to 3 of the French Studies major. It focuses on skills of higher order spoken and written expression, through tasks such as literary translations and academic writing exercises. It will also develop skills of textual analysis and documentary scholarship in relation to specific forms of cultural expression, such as literature, film, media and social issues.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 4003
    Course Honours French Language A
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units French Studies Major or completed Diploma of Languages
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program
    Assessment 4 x literary translations (20%), 4 x oral presentations (20%), 2 x formal writing tasks (20%), literary translation test (20%), oral test (20%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The contribution to the broader curriculum of Humanities lies in the focus on advanced research, scholarship and communication skills in relation to different aspects of French language and culture. On the completion of the course, students will be able to
    1. Collect, organise and synthesise materials, including those accessible in digital formats, in relation to different areas of French language or cultures.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the principles that underpin the French language in the context of specific linguistic productions such as literary works and familiar speech, while recognising differences and similarities in regard to other languages.

    3. Reproduce accurately the different forms of French academic language and communicative strategies required to present higher order and conceptually sophisticated ideas to specialist and general audiences.

    4. Demonstrate proficiency in the practice of collaborative work and task management in relation to tests, assignments and presentations.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 4

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The oral tasks include oral presentations and discussions. The written component includes tasks such as literary translations (thèmes). For this part of the course, students should have a standard reference grammar and comprehensive French/English and French/French dictionaries.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Classes provide a small group learning and research environment in which students work on gaining specific skills and pursue research related questions.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Seminars provide a small group learning and research environment in which students work on gaining literary and academic skills and pursue research related questions.
    Learning Activities Summary
    · Practice in the use of the French language in the academic register, in written and spoken forms.
    · Analysis of linguistic mechanisms underpinning French language, through grammatical analysis and translation exercises.
    · Textual analysis in its application to different kinds of texts, films, areas of popular culture and social discourses.
    · Discussion of texts, ideas and social issues with a view to developing skills in critical thought.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment items Values Learning outcomes
    Composition Assignment
    Three translation assignments 
    Translation test
    First oral presentation = 10%
    Second oral presentation = 20%
    3 @ 10% = 30%

    1, 3
    2, 3
    3, 3
    1, 3, 4
    1, 3, 4

    The assessment plan depends on whether students have completed the “Advanced” or “Beginners” stream. For the advanced stream, details are as shown:
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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